What State Drinks the Most Beer?


Who’s drinking all that beer?

Just the other day, we presented you with a map detailing the beer (craft or not) that each state in these glorious United States is most closely associated with. It was certainly interesting information and no one could argue with the innovative, attractive way in which it was presented. So it got me thinking:

We know WHAT each state is drinking, but what I want to know is HOW MUCH each state is drinking.

Luckily, the Internet exists, so this was an immediately solvable problem. After entering my expert Google query (“beer consumption by state”), I was met with about 1,000 sites touting the information that has apparently just been released in the past few days for calendar year 2012. Isn’t that convenient?

So, what’s the scoop? What state is filled with the most abused livers? And what state is a bunch of weak little babies and teetotalers? Well, first let me say that as with most things, there are several different ways you can slice this data. You can compare straight consumption, or per capita consumption, or gallons shipped, or just about anything else. But for the purposes of trying to compare apples to apples, let’s stick with per capita consumption.

Care to take a guess? Honestly, you could have given me 49 guesses and I wouldn’t have arrived at the right answer to the question “Who are the beasts of boozing in our fair country?” Ready for it? The answer is:

North Dakota.

That is not a typo. North Da-friggin-kota is throwing back more brew than any other state in the country. Color me shocked, although the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. It’s cold, it’s sparsely populated, and it’s got low taxes on booze (and no sales tax) so the numbers might be artificially pumped up by people crossing in just to stock up for parties. Still though, please allow me to tip my hat to any North Dakotans reading this right now. Good on you.

At the opposite end of the spectrum? Connecticut. Step yo’ game up Huskies.

I highly recommend checking out this interactive map for a broad overview of this information and then this article that breaks it all down and highlights the top ten. Definitely some interesting stuff to be learned.

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